by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT
How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot!
   From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day,
   And his tongue shall be fillèd with praise.

For he hears the lamb's innocent call,
   And he hears the ewe's tender reply;
He is watchful [while]1 they are in peace,
   For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El pastor", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-11
Line count: 8
Word count: 61

El pastor
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the English 
Que n’és d’agradable, l’agradable fat del pastor!
    Vagareja des del matí fins al vespre;
seguirà les seves ovelles tot el dia
    i el seu parlar s’omplirà de lloances.

Car ell sent la crida innocent de l’anyell
    i escolta la tendra resposta de l’ovella;
les vigila que estiguin tranquil·les,
    Puix que elles saben quan el seu pastor és a prop. 


  • Translation from English to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2014 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 59